Bicycle vs vehicle accidents are usually far different than your typical vehicle vs vehicle accidents for a variety of reasons.
The Injuries are More Severe
Bicycle crashes are, by far, much more serious collisions than than vehicle vs vehicle collisions for a very obvious reason – there’s very little protection for the cyclist. Add the fact that most of the injuries involve the skull and brain, and you’ve got a recipe for disaster.
We spend a lot of time in our practice training and fielding questions from other attorneys. The conclusion we’ve come to is that most attorneys are simply not qualified or experienced enough to handle these types of cases due to the types of injuries involved. What we do as personal injury lawyers involves a high level of knowledge about the medical field, which 95% of attorneys don’t have. The result is the undervaluing of a case or, even worse, a client not getting the medical care they need.
That’s why we constsntly receive medical training and rigorously train our staff to identify the key the most common trouble issues in a serious bicycle case.
Children are Usually the Ones Injured
The sad truth is that bicycle collisions with cars and trucks usually involve young children. As fathers, it breaks our hearts when we get calls about cases involving children.
Handling cases involving children takes a special skill set, one which we have honed over the last several years.
More Legal Protections for Bicyclists
In most crashes between cars and bycicles, the bicyclist will have the right-of-way, which means by default that the driver of the car will be at fault.
An additional legal benefit is that in most cases the bicyclist will be considered a pedestrian since most crashes happen on sidewalks and in parking lots. Since cars and trucks almost always have to yield to pedestrians, the driver again would be considered at fault by default.
Crossing at Intersections
You think your kids are safe on a bicycle because they have a helmet? That helps, but that’s not going to prevent the real danger from happening.
The real danger is crosswalks.
I looked through our bicycle crash cases and most of them have a few things in common. They mostly involve (1) children (2) that are alone (3) going through a crosswalk.
Most of those cases involved a car turning at a T-intersection.
In every single case, the driver of the car either didn’t see them or didn’t see them in time. Cell phones aren’t making things any better.
So how do you prevent this? First, speak to your kids and tell them how important it is to be aware of their surroundings, especially when crossing at an intersection. Education on this is crucial. Stop at each intersection, don’t just ride through. Also, make eye contact with the driver prior to crossing. These will make a huge difference.
Second, don’t let your kids ride alone. Now I totally understand that some kids are old enough to go out on their own. But when you can, GO WITH THEM. Worst case scenario, you lose some weight. And if you can’t go, see if they can go with some friends. STRENGTH IN NUMBERS.
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